We hear a good deal of fitness talk regarding stay-at-home moms, and rightfully so—but what about stay-at-home dads? It goes without saying having kids is a huge life adjustment, for either parent. They require an endless well of energy and focus, which can leave you feeling like you don’t have time to invest in your own fitness. But, life has never given you a better reason to focus on your own health than becoming a role model for your children.
So, for the dads holding the fort down at home, here are a few solid motivators for getting and staying fit.
Diet + Exercise, Always
Children or no children, public enemy number one of any stay-at-home vocation is the threat of regular and continued inactivity. It is no secret, a healthy diet is vital to losing weight, feeling better and becoming healthier, which we’ll get to in a moment.
Physical activity and diet work in tandem in order for you to achieve optimum health. In other words, you can eat a steady diet of carrots and celery sticks, but if you’re doing it from the couch you’re not doing yourself any favors.
The President’s Council on Fitness says it this way, “combined with physical activity, your diet can help you to reach and maintain a healthy weight, reduce your risk of chronic diseases (like heart disease and cancer), and promote your overall health.”
You can incorporate activity into your daily schedule by coupling it with parts of your daily routine. Here’s an awesome source for body weight exercises, complete with video, that you can do at home any time you are idle. It also helps to establish a dedicated workout space that is (relatively) free from distractions. Step away from the home office, or the temptation of food waiting in the kitchen, and focus on you.
Life Hack: Optimize your schedule to work for your fitness, not against it. This means using your schedule in a way that will help promote your goals. Those with younger children, for example, may want to incorporate daddy time in the morning. If the weather is nice, start the day with a trip to the playground to kick-start your metabolism early and tire out the kids. If any errands you have to run are within walking distance of your house, take the kids along. If your kids are a little older, try these at-home exercises you can do with them. Now, about that diet…
Diet is a Big Deal
That about sums up the importance of your diet in your efforts to shed those unwanted pounds while getting leaner and stronger. It has been said:
– Patricia Comptton, Food Matters
If that seems a bit overstated, don’t worry you’ll understand it better as you get deeper into your program. Program you ask? Yes, that is the next topic. You didn’t think we were going to go easy on you, did you?
As far as this diet goes, it’s not something you’re going to master overnight. Food is complex. From healthy fats, to carbs, to proteins and supplements, it’s difficult to decipher what is truly beneficial for you and what you can do without. This site is great start to learn about different diets, like gluten-free and clean eating, as well as how to improve your metabolism. You may also find it beneficial to schedule a few sessions with a nutritionist who can teach you how to eat for optimal fitness.
Wait, you are still wondering about that program from earlier aren’t you?
Establish an Exercise Regimen
Perhaps one of the greatest perks of being a stay-at-home dad is flexibility of schedule. Finding time in the daily schedule is one of the biggest barriers to starting an exercise program. And then, once you do make time, life happens and it gets put on the back-burner. The hard truth is that there are no shortcuts to getting started. You simply have to put the work in. The good news is there are quicker, more effective ways to level up your fitness.
One such example is a fit farm. Typically, these fit farms provide a two-to-three-week program that will evaluate your current level of fitness, educate you on proper exercise and nutrition, and guide you in developing a plan that you can incorporate in your daily life.
This is the road that will get you to where you want to go – the next step is up to you.